International Experience Canada program is now open to welcome international youth to Canada

International Experience Canada program is now open to welcome international youth to Canada

January 9, 2023—Ottawa—International youth contribute valuable and diverse skills to Canada’s economy when they come from abroad to gain meaningful work and life experiences here. Similarly, Canadian youth benefit from working and travelling abroad and coming home with an international perspective. Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the International Experience…

UPDATE: Negative COVID-19 test requirement for travellers arriving from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macao

UPDATE: Negative COVID-19 test requirement for travellers arriving from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macao

Air travellers two years of age and older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test before departing for Canada beginning January 5 As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to evolve, the Government of Canada has taken a prudent and measured approach to adjusting border measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians….

Canada marks record-breaking year for processing immigration applications in 2022

Canada marks record-breaking year for processing immigration applications in 2022

Pandemic backlogs reduced by nearly half a million applications in 4 months December 19, 2022—Ottawa—Immigration is critical to Canada’s economy and our communities, and it is a large part of our identity as Canadians. Newcomers helped build our country, were on the front lines as we battled the pandemic, and remain key to our success. Immigration, Refugees…

Employers and temporary workers to benefit from family work permits

Employers and temporary workers to benefit from family work permits

On Dec. 2, 2022, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, announced that Canada is extending work permits to family members of temporary foreign workers. Prior to this announcement, spouses were only eligible for a work permit if the principal…

Exemption from Having to Complete an Additional Immigration Medical Exam

Exemption from Having to Complete an Additional Immigration Medical Exam

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has put in place a temporary public policy that exempts some low-risk, in-Canada foreign nationals from having to complete an additional immigration medical exam as part of their application for permanent residence or for a permanent resident visa. This temporary public policy seeks to streamline the health screening requirement…

Preparing for the Re-Opening of the Home Child Care and Home Support Worker Pilot in January 2023

Preparing for the Re-Opening of the Home Child Care and Home Support Worker Pilot in January 2023

The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot are two economic pilot programs for foreign national caregivers who: have a qualifying job offer or Canadian work experience for work in an eligible caregiver occupation meet minimum education and language proficiency requirements Those eligible to apply are foreign nationals who: have the ability to become economically established…

Facts about Biometrics

Facts about Biometrics

Biometrics are fingerprints and photo. You need to give biometrics if you apply for: a visitor visa a work or study permit (excluding US nationals) permanent residence refugee or asylum status an extension of your stay in Canada, known as a visitor record (as of December 3, 2019) a work or study permit extension (as…

International students to help address Canada’s labour shortage

International students to help address Canada’s labour shortage

Limit on off-campus work hours to be lifted temporarily October 7, 2022—Ottawa—Employers are facing unprecedented challenges in finding and retaining the workers they need during this period of economic recovery and growth. The Government of Canada is continuing to take concrete actions to address current labour needs. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees…